Cars 2

What it's about:

Star race car, Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck, Mater, take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.

The road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colourful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

What we thought:

Let’s face it, the folks at Pixar will never dream up something mediocre, yet this time around, they did. Their movies are great at tugging at your heart strings and leaving you in awe. So it’s easy to see why so many critics have mixed feeling about Cars 2.

While the first Cars movie was released after the critical and commercial success of Finding Nemo, Cars 2 has found itself in the same rut and comes after the heart-tugging, Up and the even more iconic Toy Story 3, movies that took storytelling to a new level. Cars 2 is the product of bad timing.

In the first Cars, we were introduced to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the lovely folks at Radiator Springs. In Cars 2 Lighting McQueen is joined by his best friend, the rusty tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as they travel to Japan, Italy and England to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. But things are quickly sidetracked when Mater gets caught up in an international espionage.

And what would a spy movie be without some British help? Smooth, suave British spy car Finn McMissile (Michael Caine), assisted by the lovely Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) mistakes Mater for an American spy and help him foil the plans of some evil villains but in the end, it is Mater who helps all those around him in an unexpected twist.

But let’s face it; we’re in a world where the James Bond franchise rules so our love for spy movies will always keep us intrigued. Cars 2 identified the niche, and just elaborated on it. There are the insane car chases, the nifty gadgets and the beautiful locations that add to the expected thrill. But while Cars 2 may be action packed from the beginning till the very end, what it lacks in storyline, it does make up in some thrill - just not enough.

If you think this movie is all about Lighting McQueen, then forget about it but don’t be sad about it. Instead, look out for an appearance by Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR wonder boy Jeff Gordon; and that any little speed enthusiast would be proud to watch. 

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